The thespian scene in Ottawa is picking up! The NAC is showcasing The Book of Mormon for three days, from the 25th to the 30th. All walks of life flocked to the walls of this downtown building to bask in the wonder and glory of a play that gained such momentum and spark on Broadway.
Elder Price and Elder Cunningham are Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to preach their beliefs to a tribe who refuses to conform to Western religious ideals. A tribe deeply set in their own roots, the tribe is led by a caring father and a willful daughter who longs to experience the world outside of what’s familiar to her. Urging the young Mormons on, the tribe daughter paves the way for them to preach their ideals and hopefully impose a new lifestyle upon a flock of wandering individuals.
Portrayed Gabe Gibbs and Conner Peirson, the two main leads managed to construct a world in which the audience manages to remain entertained and intrigued. The two characters work well together while remaining individual in their roles. If opposites attract applied to the art scene, these two Elders take their roles as seriously as humanly possible. The fact that they are so opposite is intriguing and hilarious and manages to construe the play positively.
The play is itself was very well written. The musical interludes showcased a variety of talents from the actors incorporated in the play. The choreography was also very cohesive and well directed as the audience was able to grasp a clear vision of all actors spaced out and dancing individually.
The wittiness showcased throughout the play was pithy and hilarious. The humor often tickled the border between funny and slightly racist. The mockery regarding different ethnicities may be viewed as controversial but the methods used to illicit the act was still funny.
It’s no secret that The Book of Mormon gained wide notoriety on Broadway over the fact that it mocks the Mormon religion. The main premise of the play mocks the basic spirituality of the Mormon faith and also pokes fun at pamphlet pushers of all kinds. However, it is still very funny and the humor can sometimes be so obvious that it manages to guarantee a good time for all.
Overall, this musical is a welcome addition to Ottawa’s growing theater scene. The satirical elements presented throughout the dialogue is amusing and wonderful and shows the Ottawa fans’ love for theatre, It’s quite the honour for popular plays to come to Ottawa and hopefully they will continue to appear.